Today, for the Goddess Interrupted Blog Tour, I have the honour of having Aimée Carter, author of the Goddess series, stopping by my blog to answer some questions.
What is it about the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone that intrigued you enough to write your Goddess series?
I always wondered why Hades, one of the most powerful gods in the world, would have to kidnap a girl to be his wife. What made him do that? And Hades is incredibly misunderstood in our culture – he’s not a villain in Greek mythology. He’s a very neutral character who sticks to his rules, and I always wanted to explore what made him tick.
In your novels, you have really updated the Greek Gods, like Aphrodite as Ava, for example, is really into boys and fashion like a normal teenage girl. Why did you decide to make the Gods so normal?
I debate going both ways with it: making them relatively normal, or making them these high, untouchable beings. I thought more normal characters would not only be more interesting to write about, but that in order to survive in today’s world, where no one really believes in them anymore, they would have to adapt to be more modern and relevant. It’s a pretty big point in the books, actually – the ways they’ve made to change over the years in order to remain in this world. And that includes adapting to our times and being ‘normal’.
There are a number of paintings that are also inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth. Do you have a favourite?
My favourite is actually something I’ve seen online that isn’t a painting, but rather digital artwork. I wish I had the link somewhere – I’d have to hunt it down.
Are there any other myths in any cultures you’re interested in, and may like to cover in the future?
Never say never, but for now, I don’t have anything in mind. I do love all kinds of mythology though, so it’s very much a possibility for the future.
Can you tell us a little about what we can expect in Goddess Interrupted?
I think the back blurb describes it best – Kate Winters has won immortality, but if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
Thank you, Aimée, for such great answers! Be sure to check out Aimée's website and Goddess Interrupted which was released on 6th April!